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Forest Home Cemetery Field Trip
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm$45.00 – $60.00
Milwaukee’s Forest Home Cemetery is one of the most unique and iconic landmarks in the County – and one of the oldest. Designed by noted Wisconsin naturalist Increase A. Lapham in a beautiful garden cemetery motif, it opened in 1850. Today, it is the final resting place for a literal “Who’s Who” of Milwaukee history. That list includes Mr. Lapham himself and Joseph Schlitz, whose name of course was commemorated in the very Center we call home. Explore this history with Director of Education, Tom Finley.
Among many notable attributes, Forest Home Cemetery showcases a number of spectacular trees and in springtime, dozens of native and migratory bird species find a resting spot in their resplendent branches. This historic location, once on the “outskirts” of Milwaukee, was for a time a popular tourist and recreational destination for city-weary residents. On our trip, we will be sure to visit several historic burial sites including some important Civil War figures, which is a subject near and dear to Tom’s heart. Be sure to bring your binoculars!
Expect two to three miles of hiking over gentle and often paved terrain. Please bring your own lunch or snacks. Further instructions will be emailed to registered participants the week prior to the trip.
This program will take place entirely outdoors. Please read our current mask policy before participation.
Members: $45 | Non-Members: $60